Face to Face Enrichment Center
Face to Face Enrichment Center is a non-profit organization that serves as a primary source of help to people who are affected by health disparities and who struggle to combat both chronic and infectious diseases associated with poverty. The mission of Face to Face Enrichment Center is to provide educational, outreach, and mentoring services to residents of the local community and surrounding areas in an effort to improve lives. The organization strives to tackle health issues through innovative outreach and awareness.
Face to Face Enrichment Center was formed on September 11, 2006, due to service delivery gaps in Ascension Parish. With the rates of HIV infection and other illnesses on the rise, the Founder felt that it was imperative to establish an organization that would reach the unmet needs of the local community. Since 2006, the organization has served hundreds of clients through its various services, which include HIV/AIDS education, tobacco control and prevention sessions, health care and chronic disease management referrals, outreach in community settings, mentoring, and community education, and volunteer training. Most recently, in early August of 2011, our efforts allowed us to branch out into Tangipahoa Parish (Louisiana Public Health Region 9), by opening up a second site – Face to Face (Hammond). This will allow the organization to expand its services to a community that has growing rates of HIV and Hepatitis C infection and that suffers from other health disparities. Tangipahoa Parish, which is located approximately 40 miles from Ascension Parish, has a population of 121,097, according to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau. In addition, Gabrielle Johnson, Executive Director/Founder, currently serves on the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region Health Disparities Task Force. The goal of the task force is to assist the National Network of Libraries of Medicine in providing outreach services to increase awareness and promote use of health information resources and technologies by racial and ethnic minority populations and other health disparity populations.